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review 2017-08-07 19:04
The Penultimate Truth - Philip K. Dick

I really liked this book!

The East and West went to war and the population moved underground into living areas called "ant farms" where they have been for 15 years. Unbeknownst to them the war ended after only 2 years and the news they have been receiving all these years is propagandist lies. The surface, though decimated by the war, is perfectly livable but is controlled by a select few.  

This premise makes for a great story but it is full of neologisms, many of which are difficult to figure out.

Highly recommended!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-19 03:13
Ubik by Philip K Dick (audiobook)
Ubik - Philip K. Dick,Luke Daniels

Narrator: Luke Daniels

 

Mild spoilers.

 

This book was mad. This is an alternate futuristic vision of 1992 where psychics of various kinds are counteracted by people with counter-talents. The main character, Joe Chip, goes off on a contract with various others from the firm he works for. When disaster strikes (as it is wont to do), they return to Earth to find it strangely changed and weird messages from their boss appearing in the oddest places(e.g. graffiti on a wall, inside cigarette packages). It quickly devolves into each of the survivors being hunted down by a strange illness or force. It’s kind of hard to explain without going into a whole lot of spoilers, but I can probably get away with saying that technology and objects start turning into older versions of themselves and this throws everyone for a loop.

 

I think my favourite part was how in this version of 1992, doors refuse to open for you unless you tip them a nickel. Joe Chip spent some time arguing with his own door because he was broke.

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review 2017-06-05 17:07
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

I tried to write something resembling a coherent review, but I can´t come up with anything else besides the fact that I really enjoyed this book and the questions about humanity it poses. What makes us human? Empathy, compassion and love? And is artificial intelligence able to experience the same emotions as humans?

 

I really liked the significance that Dick puts on real life animals and how humanity is closely linked with these animals. And I really liked the concept behind the mood organ:

 

"My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression" Iran said

"What? Why did you schedule that?" It defeated the whole purpose of the mood organ. "I didn´t even know you could set it for that", he said gloomily.

 

Truth to be told I would choose a self-accusatory depression every once in a while myself. But I think it would be pretty great to choose when to have one of those.

 

I read this book for my jail visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-05-28 18:59
Reading progress update: I've read 193 out of 193 pages.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

After having finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and The Master and Margarita in one day, I feel like I´m stuck in a David Lynch movie. My next read will definitely be a non-weird one (eventhough both books were great reads).

 

I´ve read this book for my jail visit which means 193 pages are going into the jail library.

 

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text 2017-05-25 01:11
UM. Why has no one brought up "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" as something I need to include in my project looking at disability in fiction?
Blade Runner - Philip K. Dick,Scott Brick

Judging fitness to be considered human based on range of emotional responses and empathy, among other factors (including intelligence and ability). Bio-chemical control of emotions and urges within proscribed settings. Etc.

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